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Kos, Carian Islands, c. 345 - 340 B.C.
Herakles was traveling by sea when Hera, who hated him, sent a storm, sinking his boats. Hercules and only a few friends survived, swimming to Kos. Once ashore they asked a shepherd for food and shelter. The shepherd refused and insulted Hercules and they fought. People from nearby Antimachia joined the fight against Hercules. Hercules and his friends slipped into a house, disguised as women, and escaped. Another town welcomed Hercules and declared war on Antimachia. Hercules killed the king of Antimachia and married the newly elected king's sister, Halkiopi. Their son, Thessalos, would later be the king of Kos and Nisyros.
SH53580. Silver didrachm, Pixodarus Hoard p. 234, 2a (A1/P23, this coin); SNG Keckman 287; BMC Caria p. 195, 19; SNG Cop 619; HGC 6 1305 (R1), Choice gVF, toned, nice style, struck in high relief, well centered, tight flan cutting off ethnic, Kos mint, weight 6.850g, maximum diameter 20.0mm, die axis 0o
, c. 345 - 340 B.C.; obverse bearded head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean lion scalp headdress; reverse veiled female (Halkiopi?) head left, AΓ[H] (magistrate) behind, [KΩION] below; ex Garth R. Drewry Collection; ex Coin Galleries auction 14 April 1993, lot 317; ex Superior Galleries auction 31 May 1989, lot 6081; ex Pixodarus Hoard
Catalog current as of Sunday, August 25, 2019.
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